6 kinds of medifacials and how to choose the one for you

Medifacials are medical-grade facials. These have the combined benefit of dermatologically approved ingredients as well as the relaxation a spa or salon offers. There is a gradual shift of the gen Z and the millennials taking medi-facials at a medspa over a salon facial. You would often see an array of facials displayed in a dermatologist clinic. It is natural to get confused as to which facial to go for. Here is a simple guide to the most memorable medi-facials of all times.

How are medi-facials different from salon based facials?

Medi-facials and salon facials are not the same. Here are the differences between these two:

  • Medifacials are customised as per your skin concerns and types. There is a medi-facial for sensitive skin, oily skin as well as dry skin. Salon based facials do not have adequate expertise to provide solutions for every skin type and concern.
  • Medi-facials are often offered only after a dermatologist has thoroughly examined your skin. This enables you to understand the process, understand your skin type and what different medi-facials can help your skin.
  • Medifacials are clinically proven. Unlike a salon based facial that follows the same step of cleansing, scrubbing, massage and pack, medifacials often combine medical grade facial machines, lasers, light therapy and chemical peels to give short term glow and long term skin benefits.
  • Medifacials are completely safe. I often come across patients with acne and even burns post a salon facial. This is never the case with a medifacial because they are either done by dermatologists themselves or done under their supervision.
  • Medi-facials offer unique formulations for medical skin concerns like acne, melasma, open pores, sun damage, dullness and pigmentation. Since the active formulations are only dispatched to a dermatologist, you can expect better looking skin in fewer sessions of these facials.
  • Medifacials encourage long term skin care. Since most of these medi-facials are now delivered in a doctor’s clinic, you often end up with prescription skin care at the end of these relaxing facials. A personalized skin care helps you kickstart your skin program and helps you stay on track when you have accidentally missed a facial appointment.

What is the downside of regular facials?

Your parlour wali aunty will obviously not have enough expertise and knowledge to tackle severe scarring acne or rosacea like a dermatologist in delhi. This inefficient handling of skin by novice parlour technicians can result in flare of acne, burns and even scarring. Acne cosmetica is a variant of acne that flares due to massage creams that are an inevitable step in every parlour facial. These days even reputed salons are using chemical peels as one of the steps in their facial. Inability to handle these chemical peels also leads to burns that leave behind marks which can take ages to resolve.

So what are the 6 best medifacials that you must get at least once in your life

No matter what you have been told so far, not every medi-facial is suited for every skin type. Since these are medical grade facials that uses advanced machines and lasers, they must be done judiciously by a trained staff and under supervision of a dermatologist in Delhi. So, here is the list of medical-grade facials as per skin type.

  • Hydrafacial(for dry and dehydrated skin)

The HydraFacial is a multistep facial treatment typically performed with a  machine which has different probes for different steps of hydrafacial. In one session, it can be used to cleanse, exfoliate, extract, and deliver a variety of rejuvenating serums. This is followed by hot and cold massages along with radiofrequency energies to lift and firm the skin. The end result: a youthful rejuvenated you!

It can truly deliver “the best skin of your life,”. Along with exfoliation, the device delivers active ingredients into the skin. Depending on the specific actives used in the HydraFacial, the treatment can improve hydration, radiance, and even skin texture and pore size.

This is a treatment that combines microdermabrasion with antioxidant serums, and it is the basis of  the HydraFacial. Thereby, this facial combines the benefits of microdermabrasion to remove the superficial dead layers as well as anti-oxidant serums that are meant to “detoxify” your skin.

Regular sessions of hydrafacial leads to fewer fine lines, more cinched pores, and a more even skin tone.

  • Photofacial(for sensitive and sun-damaged skin)

IPL or Intense pulse light therapy in common colloquial terms is known as photofacial. IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light. A highly energized broad-spectrum pulse of light, generally in the visible spectral range of 400 to 1200 nm.

This facial is used for sun damaged and sensitive skin primarily. But skin pigmentationacne, wrinkles and other skin ailments like rosacea can also be cured with IPL. A must have facial for sensitive skin type.

  • Carbon facial(for oily, acne prone skin)

Carbon facial is a 2 step facial that uses q switch or pico laser device to first penetrate the carbon particles inside the skin which is later dispersed by laser shots. An exfoliating facial, a must have for individuals with oily, acne prone skin type with open pores. Also known as Hollywood facial, it is different from a chemical peel because it does not cause active peeling of the skin. 

Carbon facial improves the following skin concerns:

  • Acne
  • Acne marks
  • Open pores
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Fine lines
  • Tanning
  • Hyperpigmentation


  • Vampire facial(for sagging and aged skin)

Vampire facials use Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy in combination with microneedling device. It has gained popularity in recent years, especially after Kim kardarshian promoted this video on her social media handle. This non-invasive cosmetic procedure helps in improving the skin tone and texture, in order to give you a youthful looking skin.

A Vampire Facial can be used to treat concerns such as:

    • Acne scars
    • Open pores
    • Fine lines and wrinkles
    • Telangiectasias
    • Texture irregularities
    • Aged and saggy skin
  • The treatment is also beneficial for reducing the appearance of spider veins and broken capillaries that give the skin an unhealthy texture.


  • Instaglow facial(for dull looking skin)

Our skin repletes itself every 28-56 days. This is a natural process of skin shedding. But this shedding is so slow and microscopic that it is not visible to naked eyes. Slowing of this natural skin shedding leads to dry, dull and lifeless skin. Instaglow facial works by enhancing your skin turnover time such that the dead, dull and lifeless layer of superficial skin is replaced by fresh and radiant skin.

If you have a special party or occasion {like a sangeet or wedding} coming up in a day or two, and want your face to glow without having to slap on umpteen layers of highlighter on your cheekbones, this is meant for you.

Although this is an instant process {takes about 20 – 30 minutes}, it is a natural one. The facial is completely safe, too—so much so that you can go ahead and use your usual skincare and makeup products as soon as it’s over.


  • Acne rescue facial (for active acne)

If you have active acne like comedones, blackheads, papules and pustules, acne rescue facial is for you. This 60 minute facial thoroughly “cleans up” the dead debris trapped inside your pores diminishing your acne almost instantly. This signature facial is only available at Influennz. 

The procedure starts with cleansing followed by steam application. This loosens the keratin trapped inside the pores which is then removed in the next step. This is followed by a chemical peel that is especially chosen based on the type of your acne. The facial gets completed with hydration and sun protection.

Usually this facial needs to be done once a month and based on the severity of your acne, you can expect results in 2 -4 sessions.

How often should you go for these medi-facials?

I often advise my patients to be regular with medi-facials at least once a month. The type of medi-facial  or the procedure can change based on your requirements. For example, you can start with an acne rescue facial if you have active acne and then you can quickly switch to carbon facial for blemishes and vampire facial for acne scars. Remember that “one medifacial a month keeps all skin concerns away”.

What are the do’s and don’t’s after medifacials


  • Stay hydrated
  • Cleanse gently
  • Use sun protection
  • Book your next appointment


  • Avoid taking Steam/sauna
  • Avoid actives like retinol, anti-acne medication, AHA or BHA
  • Do not pick your skin
  • Do not apply heavy makeup
  • Do not opt for another procedure/salon facial/waxing for atleast a week

Take home message

It’s a myth that these treatments are expensive and meant for celebrities. These treatments are inexpensive and provide long-lasting efforts. One must stick to a medi-facial that is suiting their skin type and must get it done every month to maintain an everlasting glow.